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Export data from Elasticsearch into a CSV file

This runbook aims to guide you through exporting data from Elasticsearch into a CSV file.

The CSV Export feature in Kibana is a proprietary feature of Elasticsearch that requires X-Pack to be configured and installed in our Elasticsearch cluster which is not provided and supported in the Elasticsearch that is offered by AWS.


The workaround, is using es2csv, which is a third party tool that saves the search result to a CSV file. Please refer this blog page for more information.

Cloud-platform-live Elasticsearch endpoint ( is accessible within the cluster.

Install es2csv

kubectl exec in to any of the fluentd pod in logging namespace and install es2csv

  kubectl -n logging exec -ti fluentd-es-xxxxx -- /bin/bash

You also need Python 2.7.x and pip

  apt update
  apt install python-pip
  pip install es2csv

You can view the installation instructions here


es2csv -q 'kubernetes.namespace_name:starter-pack' -u https://<ES_endpoint>:443   -i logstash-* -f kubernetes_cluster -o kibanatest.csv --verify-certs

  Here, the parameters are :
    -q Query
    -u URL
    -i Indices
    -f Fields to be preserved
    -o Output file name

For more usage examples please refer this

Note: Once the export is completed, delete the fluentd pod you installed es2csv

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